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Infected doubter dismissing Covid initially (6)


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'infected' is the definition.
(I know that infected can be written as septic)

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(Other definitions for septic that I've seen before include "Contaminated with disease-causing bacteria" , "Poisoned" , "Caused by putrefaction" , "Putrid" , "Type of tank" .)

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